Reserve Police Officer

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, CA, USA
  • May 26, 2017
Part Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $38.00 Hourly


Essential Functions: These functions may not be present in all positions in these classes. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Upon hire, completes the Department's Field Training Program; patrols a designated area of the City in a patrol car to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes, and to enforce traffic regulations; answers calls and complaints involving fire, traffic accidents, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies and takes necessary police action; makes arrests; conducts accident investigations and preliminary investigations at the scenes of crimes, administers first aid, fathers evidence, locates and questions witnesses; testifies as a witness in court; patrols various streets, schools, and colleges for parking violations; recovers stolen property; provides information to the public; escorts cars to hospitals; escorts parades and funeral processions; prepares necessary records and reports; may perform jailer duties such as processing arrested persons and maintaining security of the jail; may perform desk officer duties such as handling telephone calls and visitors, and fingerprinting taxicab drivers, entertainers, and various other persons; and performs other related work as required.

Job Description

Reserve Police Officer: $38.00 hourly

This recruitment is specifically for part-time Reserve Police Officer candidates (this is not for entry level Police Recruit or Academy Graduate Officers or Lateral Police Officer).

To apply for entry level Police Recruit or Police Officer (Academy Graduate), click here to visit the Employment Opportunities page.

To apply for Lateral Police Officer, click here to visit the Employment Opportunities page.


The City of Costa Mesa boasts of being one of Orange County's leading cultural and business centers. Costa Mesa encompasses a total of 16 square miles with its southernmost border only 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean. The City is home to a diverse population of approximately 113,440 residents. Costa Mesa residents enjoy an ideally mild Southern California climate. The City's location provides easy access to many major attractions such as beaches, mountain areas, high and low deserts, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Surrounded by the cities of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Santa Ana, Costa Mesa is in an area where it is wonderful to live and work.

For more information about the Costa Mesa Police Department, click here .

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please call the Police Recruitment Hotline at (714) 754-4955.


Applications must be completed and submitted on-line. Candidates are requested to provide specific information on their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Do not include text or attached resumes, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process.

NOTE: The City only sends candidate notifications by email. Please make sure your email address is updated before applying for this recruitment. Please check your email inbox periodically during the application process.

Candidates must pass the following tests to be placed on the formal eligibility list:
  • P.O.S.T. Written Examination with a T-Score of 50 or higher (pass/fail).
  • Physical Agility (Pass/Fail)
  • Interview Evaluations (100%)
Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of your scheduled test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.

Appointment(s) will be made by the Chief of Police after passing the background investigation (which includes determination of recent drug use) and polygraph examination; and the post-offer pre-appointment psychological evaluation and medical examination. All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process.

Compressed Testing Option:
Please note: candidates that are active duty military, currently attending a police academy as an independent, require an approved accommodation, or can show proof of residency over 250 miles from the City of Costa Mesa, may be eligible for the compressed testing option subject to approval and availability. Testing will include the following components in a condensed version: POST written examination, physical agility test, oral interview, and a pre-background interview. Instructions for requesting compressed testing will be provided to candidates who pass the application screening phase.

The established eligibility list may be used to fill future vacancies. The eligibility list may be used to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list. The eligibility list is typically valid for one year, unless it is exhausted sooner or extended for an additional period of time.

Minimum Qualifications and Automatic Disqualifiers:

Please click here for a list of minimum qualifications and automatic disqualifiers. If any of the automatic disqualifiers pertain to you, it is recommended that you do not submit an application for this position as you will be automatically disqualified from the selection process.

Required Documentation:
In order to move forward in the recruitment process, candidates must provide the following:
  • Reserve Police Officer candidates who have successfully passed the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Exam with another agency within the last 12 months may submit verification on agency letterhead indicating a T-Score of 50 or higher in order to be waived from the written examination. Please note that P.O.S.T. does not allow individuals to retake the test within 30 days of their last test with any agency.
Documents may be faxed to Human Resources at (714) 754-4943 or mailed to City of Costa Mesa: Human Resources, PO Box 1200, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-1200.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please call the Police Recruitment Hotline at (714) 754-4955.

NOTE: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Special Instructions


Additional Information

Additional Requirements:
21 years or older at the time of appointment/graduation of the academy.
Vision: 20/20 each eye corrected or uncorrected. Normal color vision.
Hearing: Normal hearing acuity.
Height/Weight: In proportion to age and frame.
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the physical tasks and environmental factors for these classifications. Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SPECIALNOTE: New appointees shall not smoke or use any tobacco products at any time while on duty. Tattoos shall not be visible while on duty.

Job Requirements

Qualification Guidelines: A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Graduation from high school or its equivalent. College course work with an emphasis in police science, social sciences, or related field is desirable.
Must have completed a CA P.O.S.T. Reserve Academy as a Level I Reserve or a CA P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy.


Class C California Driver's License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.


For detailed information on the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities, please refer directly to the specific classification job description. Job descriptions can be viewed on the City's website by clicking here: Human Resources Website